Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Hike 2014.013 -- Pine City, Joshua Tree National Park
The short answer is, "no."
The trail, however, had not clear destination once it reached the rocks, so I eventually backtracked back to the main trail. In fact, I think that's what you're supposed to do. The "right" trail does simply peter out.
Still, I shot forward, backwards, and to the side. Right near this "end," there was a large depression in the landscape. Not sure if there's a story behind that or what. There's also supposed to be mining remnants in the area, though they were not immediately visible to me.
I returned to the main road the way I had arrived, which seemed to be about 1.5 miles over dirt. The road was cut into the dirt, meaning there were pretty high berms on either side. This meant it was effectively a single lane in parts, with no room to pull out of the way of oncoming traffic.
Once I got back to Park Blvd, I crossed over and parked in the large lot near the start of the Geology tour road. This was so I could return on foot back up the road I just drove.
After shooting here for probably 30 minutes, I turned and headed towards my car.
I then drove down into Yucca Valley and stopped, as I suspected I would, at Santanas for a fish burrito.
From Yucca Valley, it's still about 2 1/2 hours back to my home. Long drive. Not feeling all that tired, though, so the drive was pretty easy.
Overall, the day was fine. I mean, any day I can go hiking is a good day, right?